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New year, new decade, new start: At the cusp of 2020, we surveyed School of Visual Arts faculty and department chairs about their plans and hopes for the future and got a variety of answers, with the respondents’ goals ranging from the personal to the professional to the political. Below is a selection of SVA community resolutions for the coming year.
"As we embark on a new decade in 2020, I am optimistic that this country will restore sanity by voting for an administration that will focus on the environmental crisis, curtail gun violence, provide quality education and health care for everyone, and promote equitable opportunities for all to thrive. In short, I hope that we will see the current challenges with 20/20 vision."
"My resolution for 2020 is to continue seeking wonderful opportunities to experience the special journeys we go through together in life, in art and in a relationship—to have new and to continue old journeys with my students, my family, my friends. I want to get to know new students and their visions; together, I wish to discover, develop, create, feel, think, comment and have our voices as artists be heard and seen."
"2020 is a new chapter, a new decade that I am very grateful to be able to live in. I want to tell more stories, whether they’re mine or others’ for me to help realize. The world now needs more than understanding, but actions in changes. We need each other. We need to recognize the differences and embrace them with open arms. We must move forward, one step at a time with positivity so that we can take that leap at the right time, together. Lastly, on a personal note, I want to cuddle with my cats more!"
"In my heart, I know I’d like to go paper-free at work, but that’s just not realistic as one who’s not terribly attached to her phone or iPad. So the plan is to shoot for fewer printouts—a lot fewer—and to attempt to contain my musings and master plans to one large notebook per semester. I enjoy a good pen and a hefty book to write in, and ironically, I am a fan of SVA alumnus-designed Baron Fig products, so it’s win-win."
"My New Year’s resolution is to have our Interior Design students focus on design for those who can’t afford it. Who designs homeless shelters and food kitchens? I also hope to place more emphasis on adaptive reuse projects in our studios, which save material resources and can help knit communities back together in vibrant ways."
"I resolve to collectively create an environment that promotes acceptance through redefinition—a space where we can question and defy stands of gender and class."
"For 2020, we will continue the work we started last year: updating the Humanities and Sciences curriculum, developing new initiatives to foster student growth and enhancing support for our international students. Our goal is to help students see that the knowledge and skills they gain from Humanities and Sciences courses are important to their training and careers as artists and designers, especially as they navigate this increasingly complex world."
"My resolution for the class of 2020 is my resolution for the year: to move us closer together—as people, communities, families and friends—even (and especially) when we disagree. Hopefully that can happen in our classrooms and studios, as well as in the personal and professional lives of students, faculty, administrators and alumni. Let’s present social cohesion as a design opportunity. Can we resolve to interact—through conversation, collaboration, play and community engagement—with as many people outside of our social bubbles as possible to see how we can affect social cohesion despite, or by virtue of, our differences?"
"My New Year’s resolution is to embody two seemingly contradictory goals: showing up early and not rushing. The first is key to professional success, and the second to lifelong health and well-being. What we create requires all that we have, all that we are. Integrity, artistic and personal, requires stamina. I want to live a long, healthy life and I want our students to have many years of fulfillment in their careers. Life is surprising—rest up!"
"My resolution is to keep everyone I know safe. Write differently. Find a new voice. Take more chances."
"I resolve to be kind."
"Let us all live in hope and stand tall, reaching for the joy."
—Jimmy Calhoun (BFA 2003 Animation), chair, BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects
What are your New Year’s resolutions? Tweet them to @SVA_News and let us know. Here's to a terrific, inspiring year—and decade.